Poster Session on Capitol Hill
Council on Undergraduate Research's Poster Session on Capitol Hill
April 2013 - Washington, D.C.
The University of Missouri is seeking nominations for undergraduates to share their university research experiences in Washington D.C. for “Posters on the Hill” on Capitol Hill in April. The deadline for University of Missouri nominees is October 16th, 2012.
This application is a preliminary step to attending Posters on the Hill sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org). A campus committee will screen applications for academic discipline representation, appropriateness of research topic, and communication skills. MU will select up to 6 students by October 19th, 2012 to nominate for this event.
Students selected must apply with the assistance of the Office of Undergraduate Research, on the CUR website by November 1st, 2012. Selection from MU does not guarantee participation in the event. However, students chosen by the Council of Undergraduate Research will have their travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid by MU.
This event helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by providing them with the opportunity to talk directly with the students affected by the programs Congress funds. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants. This event highlights the high-quality research being conducted by undergraduates at Mizzou.
The MU committee looks for students who have been significantly involved in the research endeavors of the University either with their own projects or through meaningful involvement with ongoing faculty projects. To qualify for participation in the event, nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Students must be undergraduates at Mizzou during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Research must have been conducted under the guidance of a Mizzou faculty member.
- The research project must have been presented as a poster at either an on-campus poster session or at a professional meeting by Dec. 1, 2012.
- CUR requires that research projects represent at least one of CUR's divisions: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology or Social Sciences.
Successful nominees will be able to convey their experience and enthusiasm to national legislators and other elected officials in a poster session. Selection of nominees is based on the quality and nature of the project and the student's ability to represent Mizzou.
Students selected to serve as national undergraduate research ambassadors will be asked to attend several meetings and workshops in preparation for the event. Workshop topics will include presentation skills, how to meet and greet lawmakers, and other protocols. Students will also be asked to prepare a brief presentation on their work suitable for delivering the "take-home message" in a few minutes. Students will participate in a practice session.
Faculty are encouraged to seek the assistance of their nominee in completing the nomination form. For additional information, contact Linda Blockus, PhD, in the Office of Undergraduate Research, 150 Bond Life Sciences Center at 573-882-5979 or BlockusL@missouri.edu.